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  • OP/ED: Water metres -- not that scary   26 weeks 5 days ago
    People will never be held accountable and act responsible unless there wallets are being hit. Good for you for standing up and expressing your opinion when it isn't the most popular at the moment.
  • OP/ED: Water metres -- not that scary   26 weeks 6 days ago
    When you look at your water bill the amount actually charged for the water is very small. The main costs are associated with delivery. Everyone is welcome to collect and store as much water as they like as it falls from the sky. (no license required for that yet I think). But I don't think it unreasonable to pay to have the water treated and delivered.
  • CONTEST: March 2014 -- Up to $200 from Your Dollar Store with More   27 weeks 18 min ago

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  • OP/ED: Water metres -- not that scary   27 weeks 8 hours ago

    Good points. But I stand by original thoughts. :) 

    I don't think it's fair that people should have unlimited access to this precious resource at the expense of everyone in the community. What has been happening is an abusive use of this service, in my opinion.

    Some of it, is the fault of government laws for requiring us to use clean drinking water for things like flushing our toilets instead of reusing grey water.  But the rest is just laziness, habit and -- dare I say for some -- a sense of entitlement. Washing cars with clean drinking water? Watering the lawn with water that has been purified? Yikes. 

    I think that taxpayers will be even more frustrated when all of their funds go to a massive system overhaul at the expense of other services -- like roads. That will happen if people don't learn to conserve. It's scary at first, but I think most people will be surprised at the end result.

    If you remember things like turning the water off when you aren't using it, filling up the washer and dishwasher before you turn it on, use water conserving toilets/appliances, keep showers as short as possible, definitely set up a rainbarrel system for gardeners, ... those brave souls that are willing to set up a composting toilet will see phenomenal savings.

    The average older style toilet uses something like 3 to 4 gallons of clean drinking water each time it is flushed. Even the best low flow toilets use around 1 to 1.5 gallons per flush. Toiletsuse around 30 per cent of the water usage each day. So at the very least people should be upgrading to low-flow toilets, if not trying other waterless approaches. Or you could follow the "if it's yellow let it mellow, if it's brown, flush it down approach!" Ha!

    Once you start thinking about how wasteful we really are, it's crazy not to put a limit on the amount of water we use. 

    Many people in our rural communities have spent $20,000+ to dig a well and pay for the infrastructure to bring it to their home, only to have limited levels of water in the hottest months. They have already learned what a precious resource water is and how to conserve. And they pay taxes just like we do.

    Same as many other communities in BC. The smaller Gulf Islands often have a huge water shortage. The residents all have rainbarrels set up for their garden and sometimes for personal use like outside summer showers. They call it a 'lifestyle choice' to live in a beautiful location where they learn to live with nature and (from my experience) are often grateful for the lessons they have learned.

    We can learn to conserve too. It will just be an adjustment. 

    If you liked that video, you'll probably enjoy this one that shows how to set up a DIY drip irrigation system in more detail. A drip system and a heavy mulch will really limit the amount of water used for gardeners. Probably enough that you can use your rainbarrels exclusively for water in the summer ;) That with low-flow toilets and high-efficiency appliances and you'll probably end up saving money. :) And those that are worried about not letting their children play in sprinklers... well, we should be getting a spray park in the next couple of years and there are still lakes, rivers and a swimming pool for water play. 

  • LETTER: Find other means to conserve water.   27 weeks 20 hours ago

    Um... No, it's like saying guns don't kill people, people do.

  • OP/ED: Water metres -- not that scary   27 weeks 20 hours ago

    Shara,

    Thank you for your comments, some good points made, and also for the video clip on the rain barrel.  Very helpful.

    I did want to respond to your comment about water being necesary, and that it should be free.  As you say, water is necessary; it's necessary for life, like food and air.  The issue, as you have also pointed to, is about water delivery.  You say that "no-one is charging you if you have a drink from the river or lake."  That statement, in my opinion, is not very well thought through. 

    As residents of this community, we pay taxes for PUBLIC services, i.e. services that provide the collective community with amenities that we all benefit from and are responsible for carrying the cost of maintaining.  What if I were to say, "I don't have children and have not used the public education system here so please charge those who use the school system and reduce my taxes because I want schooling to be a pay-per-use affair?"  I doubt you'd think that was the right way to run that public service, and you'd be right.  Yet you think that people should either a) have to get their water "free" from the river or lake, or b) be made to pay for the use of something that is a public resource for the residents, businesses and industries who pay taxes here.

    My point is: water has always been free.  It falls from sky to water the ground, then it evaporates back up to come down again as rain (or snow).  Water meters are rationing devices that have nothing to do with water delivery, and everything to do with commodifying water, and that, I fundamentally disagree with.

  • CONTEST: March 2014 -- Up to $200 from Your Dollar Store with More   27 weeks 1 day ago

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  • UPDATE: Perry Ridge logging protestors have change of heart   27 weeks 2 days ago

    Nope! You guys cannot stand the fact that other people have a different opinion than you professional protesters.  Get used to it! :)

  • LETTER: Find other means to conserve water.   27 weeks 2 days ago

    kind of like saying guns don't kill people bullets do ?

  • CONTEST: March 2014 -- Up to $200 from Your Dollar Store with More   27 weeks 3 days ago

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  • UPDATE: Perry Ridge logging protestors have change of heart   27 weeks 4 days ago

    According to the Supreme Court of Canada (May 2013)

    "The failure by the Aboriginal individuals to legally challenge the issuance of the government authorizations to the logging company in the first instance was fatal to the individuals' ability to later plead defences against the logging company based on a breach of the duty to consult or treaty rights violations. "

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  • UPDATE: Perry Ridge logging protestors have change of heart   27 weeks 4 days ago

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  • UPDATE: Perry Ridge logging protestors have change of heart   27 weeks 5 days ago

    LOG IT!!! I need wood for my renos!!! CHOP IT DOWN!!

  • LETTER: Rethink water meters   27 weeks 5 days ago

    My question is; are the tree farms and other farms also going to be metered? I see these with water on most of all days and nights even when it is poring rain. Is it fair to meter only residents?

  • UPDATE: Perry Ridge logging protestors have change of heart   27 weeks 5 days ago

    Again the people that in reality own the forest products have lost to the corporation that owns the governments and the courts. Another of the so called democratic countries robbing the citizens of their rights. Why have we allowed the privatisation of all our national resouces??? To make the 1% richer at all cost.

  • LETTER: Water metres needed to create fair system   27 weeks 6 days ago

    Water meters do work and it's been confirmed time and time again and that data is readily available for anyone that wants to Google the real facts and look with an open mind.

    Another fact (data) the average Canadien uses on average 80gallons per day.

    Why not try ad conserve this atural Resourse,,, we have everything to lose.

    Just my comments

  • LETTER: Water metres needed to create fair system   28 weeks 2 hours ago

    Whether water meters are the best solution or not remains to be seen.

    Donna, in another Letter to the Editor, says we need to educate people about water useage.

    Rosemary, your comparison to the bathtub is excellent.

    I am proud to live in a community where people feel confident enough to present new ideas and not just complain. 

     

    Lorraine

  • LETTER: Find other means to conserve water.   28 weeks 2 hours ago

    Donna,

    You've raised some very good issues and I would like to add to your list:

    • encourage us to use timers on our watering system to ensure that we limit our watering to the time allotted in the bylaws
    • encouraging Xeriscape landscaping except where food is produced
    • encourage Area D to strongly discouraging farmers from overhead watering during the heat of the day 

    Lorraine

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